Bardsley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bardsley has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village named Bardsley in Lancashire. The village itself traces its name back to the Old English words Beornred's leah, which mean Beornred's wood or Beornred's clearing. The personal name Beornred means warrior counsel.

Early Origins of the Bardsley family

The surname Bardsley was first found in Greater Manchester at Bardsley where the earliest record of the place name was Berdesley in 1422. [1] Bardsey is a small village in the City of Leeds, in West Yorkshire and dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Berdesei. [2] "Bardsley House, overlooking the glen of the Medlock, is the seat of John Jonah Harrop, Esq. Many generations of the Bardsley family held the estate, under the lords of Ashton, by the feudal payment of a rose and one penny, annually: the property subsequently came, by marriage, to the Tetlows." [3]

Early History of the Bardsley family

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Bardsley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bardsley have been found, including Bardsley, Bardsey, Bardsea, Bardsly, Bardesey and many more.

Early Notables of the Bardsley family (pre 1700)

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United States Bardsley migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bardsley, or a variant listed above:

Bardsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Bardsley who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1782
Bardsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edmund, George, James, John, Joseph, Robert, Simeon, William Bardsley, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • John Bardsley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867 [4]
  • Edwin Bardsley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [4]
  • James Bardsley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [4]
  • Robert Bardsley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bardsley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bardsley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Abel Bardsley, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Abel Bardsley U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 part of the returning families aboard the Union Transport [5]
  • Mr. Abel Bardsley U.E. from Fairfield, Connecticut, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger on the Union Transport from New York [5]

Australia Bardsley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bardsley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Bardsley, British Convict who was convicted in Chester, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]

New Zealand Bardsley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bardsley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Moses Bardsley, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [7]
  • Mrs. Bardsley, British settler travelling from London with 2 sons aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bardsley (post 1700) +

  • Karen Louise Bardsley (b. 1984), American-born English international football goalkeeper
  • Gibson Bardsley (b. 1989), American soccer player from Fall City, Washington
  • Michele Bardsley (b. 1970), pen name of Michele Freeman, born Michele Renee Vail, an American nationally bestselling author from Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • John Cannon Bardsley (b. 1877), English amateur football left back who made one appearance in the Football League for Everton (1909-1910)
  • Tanya Louise Bardsley (b. 1981), English model, born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, star in the reality television series The Real Housewives of Cheshire
  • Cyril Charles Bowman Bardsley (1870-1940), English prelate, Bishop of Peterborough (1924-1927) and Bishop of Leicester (1927-1940)
  • Samuel Argent Bardsley M.D., (1764-1851), English physician from Kelvedon, Essex, "he very model of an hospital physician"
  • Edwin Bardsley (1883-1916), English professional football outside left who played for Stockport County and Glossop from 1903 to 1906
  • John Wareing Bardsley (1835-1914), English prelate, Bishop of Carlisle (1891-1914) and Bishop of Sodor and Man (1887-1891)
  • David Bardsley (b. 1964), English former footballer; he played 538 matches including two for the England National Team (1992-1993)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Hugh MacKenzie  Bardsley (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Thomas Bardsley (1878-1914), English Miner from Hursh, Lancaster, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [9]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners


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